Tony Award for Best Direction of a Musical

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Tony Award for
Best Direction of a Musical
Awarded forBest Direction of a Musical
Location New York City
Presented by American Theatre Wing The Broadway League
Currently held by Rachel Chavkin for Hadestown (2019)
Website TonyAwards.com

This is a list of winners and nominations for the Tony Award for Best Direction of a Musical. Prior to 1960, category for direction included plays and musicals.

Contents

Winners and nominees

  indicates the winner

†indicates the winner for the annual Tony Award for Best Musical

*indicates the winner for the annual Tony Award for Best Revival of a Musical

Bold indicates an original musical

Underline indicates a musical revival

1950s

YearDirectorProduction
1950
4th Tony Awards
Joshua Logan South Pacific†
1951
5th Tony Awards
George S. Kaufman Guys and Dolls†
1952 – 56N/A
1957
11th Tony Awards
Moss Hart My Fair Lady†
1958 – 59N/A

1960s

YearDirectorProduction
1960
14th Tony Awards
George Abbott Fiorello!†
Vincent J. Donehue The Sound of Music†
Peter Glenville Take Me Along
Michael Kidd Destry Rides Again
Jerome Robbins Gypsy
1961
15th Tony Awards
Gower Champion Bye Bye Birdie†
Peter Brook Irma La Douce
Garson Kanin Do Re Mi
1962
16th Tony Awards
Abe Burrows How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying†
Gower Champion Carnival!
Joe Layton No Strings
Joshua Logan All American
1963
17th Tony Awards
George Abbott A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum†
Peter Coe Oliver!
John Fearnley Brigadoon
Cy Feuer and Bob Fosse Little Me
1964
18th Tony Awards
Gower Champion Hello, Dolly!†
Joseph Anthony 110 in the Shade
Noël Coward High Spirits
Harold Prince She Loves Me
1965
19th Tony Awards
Jerome Robbins Fiddler on the Roof†
Joan Littlewood Oh, What a Lovely War!
Anthony Newley The Roar of the Greasepaint – The Smell of the Crowd
Gene Saks Half a Sixpence
1966
20th Tony Awards
Albert Marre Man of La Mancha†
Cy Feuer Skyscraper
Bob Fosse Sweet Charity
Gene Saks Mame
1967
21st Tony Awards
Harold Prince Cabaret†
Gower Champion I Do! I Do!
Mike Nichols The Apple Tree
Jack Sydow Annie Get Your Gun
1968
22nd Tony Awards
Gower Champion The Happy Time
George Abbott How Now, Dow Jones
Jules Dassin Illya Darling
Burt Shevelove Hallelujah, Baby!†
1969
23rd Tony Awards
Peter Hunt 1776†
Robert Moore Promises, Promises
Tom O'Horgan Hair
Harold Prince Zorba

1970s

YearDirectorProduction
1970
24th Tony Awards
Ron Field Applause†
Michael Benthall Coco
Philip Rose Purlie
1971
25th Tony Awards
Harold Prince Company†
Michael Kidd The Rothschilds
Robert H. Livingston The Me Nobody Knows
Burt Shevelove No, No, Nanette
1972
26th Tony Awards
Harold Prince and Michael Bennett Follies
Gilbert Moses Ain't Supposed to Die a Natural Death
Mel Shapiro Two Gentlemen of Verona†
Burt Shevelove A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum
1973
27th Tony Awards
Bob Fosse Pippin
Vinnette Carroll Don't Bother Me, I Can't Cope
Gower Champion Sugar
Harold Prince A Little Night Music†
1974
28th Tony Awards
Harold Prince Candide
Michael Bennett Seesaw
Donald McKayle Raisin†
Tom Moore Over Here!
1975
29th Tony Awards
Geoffrey Holder The Wiz†
Gower Champion Mack & Mabel
Grover Dale The Magic Show
Arthur Laurents Gypsy
1976
30th Tony Awards
Michael Bennett A Chorus Line†
Bob Fosse Chicago
Bill Gile Very Good Eddie
Harold Prince Pacific Overtures
1977
31st Tony Awards
Gene Saks I Love My Wife
Vinnette Carroll Your Arms Too Short to Box with God
Martin Charnin Annie†
Jack O'Brien Porgy and Bess
1978
32nd Tony Awards
Richard Maltby Jr. Ain't Misbehavin'†
Bob Fosse Dancin'
Harold Prince On the Twentieth Century
Elizabeth Swados Runaways
1979
33rd Tony Awards
Harold Prince Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street†
Michael Bennett Ballroom
Peter Masterson and Tommy Tune The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas
Robert Moore They're Playing Our Song

1980s

YearDirectorProduction
1980
34th Tony Awards
Harold Prince Evita†
Ernest Flatt and Rudy Tronto Sugar Babies
Joe Layton Barnum
Tommy Tune A Day in Hollywood / A Night in the Ukraine
1981
35th Tony Awards
Wilford Leach The Pirates of Penzance
Gower Champion 42nd Street†
Robert Moore Woman of the Year
Michael Smuin Sophisticated Ladies
1982
36th Tony Awards
Tommy Tune Nine†
Michael Bennett Dreamgirls
Martin Charnin The First
Tony Tanner Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
1983
37th Tony Awards
Trevor Nunn Cats†
Michael Kahn Show Boat
Ivan Reitman Merlin
Tommy Tune and Thommie Walsh My One and Only
1984
38th Tony Awards
Arthur Laurents La Cage aux Folles†
James Lapine Sunday in the Park with George
Richard Maltby Jr. Baby
Vivian Matalon The Tap Dance Kid
1985
39th Tony Awards
Des McAnuff Big River†
Barbara Damashek Quilters
Mitch Leigh The King and I
Harold Prince Grind
1986
40th Tony Awards
Wilford Leach The Mystery of Edwin Drood†
Bob Fosse Big Deal
Hector Orezzoli and Claudio Segovia Tango Argentino
Richard Maltby Jr. Song and Dance
1987
41st Tony Awards
John Caird and Trevor Nunn Les Misérables†
Brian Macdonald The Mikado
Trevor Nunn Starlight Express
Mike Ockrent Me and My Girl
1988
42nd Tony Awards
Harold Prince The Phantom of the Opera†
James Lapine Into the Woods
Mbongeni Ngema Sarafina!
Jerry Zaks Anything Goes
1989
43rd Tony Awards
Jerome Robbins Jerome Robbins' Broadway†
Larry Carpenter Starmites
Hector Orezzoli and Claudio Segovia Black and Blue
Peter Mark Schifter Welcome to the Club

1990s

YearDirectorProduction
1990
44th Tony Awards
Tommy Tune Grand Hotel
Michael Blakemore City of Angels†
Trevor Nunn Aspects of Love
Susan H. Schulman Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
1991
45th Tony Awards
Tommy Tune The Will Rogers Follies†
Graciela Daniele Once on This Island
Nicholas Hytner Miss Saigon
Eleanor ReissaThose Were the Days
1992
46th Tony Awards
Jerry Zaks Guys and Dolls
James Lapine Falsettos
Mike Ockrent Crazy for You†
George C. Wolfe Jelly's Last Jam
1993
47th Tony Awards
Des McAnuff The Who's Tommy
Bill Kenwright and Bob Tomson Blood Brothers
Michael Kidd The Goodbye Girl
Harold Prince Kiss of the Spider Woman†
1994
48th Tony Awards
Nicholas Hytner Carousel*
Scott Ellis She Loves Me
James Lapine Passion†
Robert Jess Roth Beauty and the Beast
1995
49th Tony Awards
Harold Prince Show Boat*
Des McAnuff How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying
Trevor Nunn Sunset Boulevard†
Jerry Zaks Smokey Joe's Cafe
1996
50th Tony Awards
George C. Wolfe Bring in 'da Noise, Bring in 'da Funk
Michael Greif Rent†
Christopher Renshaw The King and I*
Jerry Zaks A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum
1997
51st Tony Awards
Walter Bobbie Chicago*
Michael Blakemore The Life
Scott Ellis Steel Pier
Julie Taymor Juan Darién
1998
52nd Tony Awards
Julie Taymor The Lion King†
Scott Ellis 1776
Frank Galati Ragtime
Rob Marshall and Sam Mendes Cabaret*
1999
53rd Tony Awards
Matthew Bourne Swan Lake
Richard Maltby Jr. and Ann Reinking Fosse†
Michael Mayer You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown
Harold Prince Parade

2000s

YearDirectorProduction
2000
54th Tony Awards
Michael Blakemore Kiss Me, Kate*
Susan Stroman Contact†
The Music Man
Lynne Taylor-Corbett Swing!
2001
55th Tony Awards
Susan Stroman The Producers†
Christopher Ashley The Rocky Horror Show
Mark Bramble 42nd Street*
Jack O'Brien The Full Monty
2002
56th Tony Awards
John Rando Urinetown
James Lapine Into the Woods*
Michael Mayer Thoroughly Modern Millie†
Trevor Nunn Oklahoma!
2003
57th Tony Awards
Jack O'Brien Hairspray†
David Leveaux Nine*
Baz Luhrmann La bohème
Twyla Tharp Movin' Out
2004
58th Tony Awards
Joe Mantello Assassins*
Kathleen Marshall Wonderful Town
Jason Moore Avenue Q†
George C. Wolfe Caroline, or Change
2005
59th Tony Awards
Mike Nichols Monty Python's Spamalot†
James Lapine The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
Jack O'Brien Dirty Rotten Scoundrels
Bartlett Sher The Light in the Piazza
2006
60th Tony Awards
John Doyle Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
Kathleen Marshall The Pajama Game*
Des McAnuff Jersey Boys†
Casey Nicholaw The Drowsy Chaperone
2007
61st Tony Awards
Michael Mayer Spring Awakening†
John Doyle Company*
Scott Ellis Curtains
Michael Greif Grey Gardens
2008
62nd Tony Awards
Bartlett Sher South Pacific*
Sam Buntrock Sunday in the Park with George
Thomas Kail In the Heights†
Arthur Laurents Gypsy
2009
63rd Tony Awards
Stephen Daldry Billy Elliot the Musical†
Michael Greif Next to Normal
Kristin Hanggi Rock of Ages
Diane Paulus Hair*

2010s

YearDirectorProduction
2010
64th Tony Awards
Terry Johnson La Cage aux Folles*
Christopher Ashley Memphis†
Marcia Milgrom Dodge Ragtime
Bill T. Jones Fela!
2011
65th Tony Awards
Casey Nicholaw and Trey Parker The Book of Mormon†
Rob Ashford How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying
Kathleen Marshall Anything Goes*
Susan Stroman The Scottsboro Boys
2012
66th Tony Awards
John Tiffany Once†
Jeff Calhoun Newsies
Kathleen Marshall Nice Work If You Can Get It
Diane Paulus Porgy and Bess*
2013
67th Tony Awards
Diane Paulus Pippin*
Scott Ellis The Mystery of Edwin Drood
Jerry Mitchell Kinky Boots†
Matthew Warchus Matilda the Musical
2014
68th Tony Awards
Darko Tresnjak A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder†
Warren Carlyle After Midnight
Michael Mayer Hedwig and the Angry Inch*
Leigh Silverman Violet
2015
69th Tony Awards
Sam Gold Fun Home†
Casey Nicholaw Something Rotten!
John Rando On the Town
Bartlett Sher The King and I*
Christopher Wheeldon An American in Paris
2016
70th Tony Awards
Thomas Kail Hamilton†
Michael Arden Spring Awakening
John Doyle The Color Purple*
Scott Ellis She Loves Me
George C. Wolfe Shuffle Along
2017
71st Tony Awards
Christopher Ashley Come from Away
Michael Greif Dear Evan Hansen†
Rachel Chavkin Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812
Matthew Warchus Groundhog Day
Jerry Zaks Hello, Dolly!*
2018
72nd Tony Awards
David Cromer The Band's Visit†
Michael Arden Once on This Island*
Tina Landau SpongeBob SquarePants
Casey Nicholaw Mean Girls
Bartlett Sher My Fair Lady
2019
73rd Tony Awards
Rachel Chavkin Hadestown†
Scott Ellis Tootsie
Daniel Fish Oklahoma! *
Des McAnuff Ain't Too Proud
Casey Nicholaw The Prom

2020s

YearDirectorProduction
2020
74th Tony Awards
Phyllida Lloyd Tina: The Tina Turner Musical
Diane Paulus Jagged Little Pill
Alex Timbers Moulin Rouge! The Musical

Award records

Multiple wins

8 Wins
3 Wins
2 Wins

Multiple nominations

Female winners and nominees

Out of 19 women nominated for 29 musicals, only 4 women have won this award for 4 musicals: [1]

Bold represents winner

DirectorNominated musical(s)
Joan Littlewood Oh, What a Lovely War! (1965)
Vinnette Caroll Don't Bother Me, I Can't Cope (1973)
Your Arms Too Short to Box with God (1977)
Elizabeth Swados Runaways (1978)
Barbara Damashek Quilters (1985)
Susan H. Schulman Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street revival (1990)
Graciela Daniele Once on this Island (1991)
Eleanor ReissaThose Were the Days (1992)
Julie Taymor Juan Darien (1997)
The Lion King (1998) [2]
Ann Reinking Fosse (1999)
Susan Stroman Contact (2000)
The Music Man revival (2000)
The Producers (2001) [3]
The Scottsboro Boys (2012)
Lynne Taylor-Corbett Swing! (2000)
Twyla Tharp Movin' Out (2003)
Kathleen Marshall Wonderful Town revival (2004)
The Pajama Game revival (2006)
Anything Goes revival (2011)
Nice Work If You Can Get it (2012)
Kristin Hanggi Rock of Ages (2009)
Diane Paulus Hair revival (2009)
Porgy and Bess revival (2012)
Pippin revival (2013) [4]
Jagged Little Pill (2020)
Marcia Milgrom Dodge Ragtime revival (2010)
Leigh Silverman Violet (2014)
Rachel Chavkin Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812 (2017)
Hadestown (2019)
Tina Landau SpongeBob SquarePants (2018)
Phyllida Lloyd Tina: The Tina Turner Musical (2020)

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  1. Clement, Olivia. "Can You Name the 9 Trailblazing Women Who Won Tony Awards for Directing?" Playbill, September 28, 2017
  2. The Lion King Playbill, retrieved September 27, 2017
  3. The Producers Playbill, retrieved September 27, 2017
  4. Gioia, Michael. "Third Time's the Charm: Diane Paulus Receives First Tony Award With Her Third Tony-Winning Revival" Playbill, June 10, 2013